Five of the Best Ski Essentials

Drizzly grey UK skies don’t really compare to the powdery white snow and blue-skied bliss of the mountains – so if you’re lucky enough to be headed for the slopes this year, don’t go without our pick of the best ski essentials...

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Valentino – Snow Boots

There’s nothing more miserable than frozen toes caused by an impractical footwear choice in the snow. And there’s nothing more comforting than feet clad in chic, toasty boots. Few come much more luxe than these snow boots from Valentino. Fully lined, well-padded and designed with a well-gripped sole, they’re practical and stylish and will keep you looking good both on the slopes and for the all-important après ski.

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Price: £390; stockist: net-a-porter.com

Polaroid Waterproof Camcorder

There are times in life that you really wish you had a camcorder - and no time more so than when you’re skiing. However, snow and electrical equipment don’t always mix, which is why the ever-brilliant Polaroid have come up with a chic, brightly coloured waterproof camcorder. It comes with a 3x digital zoom and colour LCD display, and is even fully waterproof up to a depth of three metres - making it a great buy for any beach holidays you might have planned, too.

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Price: £69.99; stockist: polaroid.co.uk

iTrailMap 3D and 3D Resort App

If you’ve ever been stuck at the top of a mountain in a blizzard, you’ll know that using a soggy paper map can be pretty impossible. This is where technology comes into its own. The iTrailMap 3D allows you to download maps to your iPod touch or iPhone, outlining runs and lift lines – across a database of over 500 resorts. The 3D resort app goes one step further and allows you to view up-to-the-minute snow reports, and lift status reports. Both apps let you upload to the web and view in Google Earth as well as, if you really feel like showing off, record your total vertical and distance skied...

Price: iTrail Map 3D, £4.99, 3D Resort Apps, £2.99; stockist: itunes.apple.com

Jonathan Saunders Cotton Scarf

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without some festive knitwear – and this gorgeous Fair Isle piece fits the bill perfectly. Designed by Jonathan Saunders in his signature bold print, the striking red and white knitted cotton will keep you warm, make you stand out from the crowd and look chic on the piste.

Price: £200; stockist: net-a-porter.com

Aesop Travel Essentials Kit

Your search for the perfect travel set is officially over, thanks to beauty brand Aesop - providers of some of the most stylish travel-related products we’ve ever seen. The all-inclusive kits come under two names - New York and Kyoto - and are each slightly different. The clean-smelling parsley seed products in the New York set range from anti-oxidant facial toners to serums, and both sets have geranium leaf cleansers and rosehip seed lip creams. The rosemary leaf oil and lavender oil in the shampoo will leave your hair squeaky clean and the rind concentrate body balm will soothe chapped skin. Combine this with all the fresh mountain air and you’ll be positively glowing. Take our word for it, there’s nothing better.

Price: £47; stockist: aesop.com

Flying to your ski destination this winter? Check out our edit of must-have inflight accessories. Or see our entire collection of travel accessories.

Alternatively, if you're planning a ski trip, have a look at our pick of a few of the best ski hotels in Europe.

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